|Publication number||US7124367 B2|
|Application number||US 10/076,232|
|Publication date||17 Oct 2006|
|Filing date||14 Feb 2002|
|Priority date||14 Nov 2001|
|Also published as||US20030090517|
|Publication number||076232, 10076232, US 7124367 B2, US 7124367B2, US-B2-7124367, US7124367 B2, US7124367B2|
|Inventors||Glen J. Anderson, Russell F. McKnight|
|Original Assignee||Gateway Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (13), Referenced by (20), Classifications (16), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/993,972, filed Nov. 14, 2001, now abandoned, which is herein incorporated by reference in its entirety.
The present invention generally relates to the field of user interfaces as provided in electronic environments, and particularly to an adjustable user interface.
With the proliferation of electronic devices, users have access to a wide range of functionality. From digital cameras and camcorders, to digital music players, digital video disc players, the Internet, and the like, users may access content from a wide variety of sources. However, these sources may not be readily combinable and accessible by a user in an efficient manner.
Media-editing programs are typically created for a given media type, such as photo-editing software for electronic photos, video-editing program for digital video, and the like, and are typically ill-suited for the inclusion of content types not specifically designed for by the system. Although the media-editing program in some instances may import other media types, the manipulation of the imported content may have undesirable results.
For example, a user may wish to combine video from a home movie and audio from an audio source, such as from a network connection over the Internet. Further, the user may wish to also combine still photos from a digital camera into an integrated viewing and listening experience. Accessing the content from these various systems and sources may be difficult to perform in a unified manner. For instance, a user may need to access a browser, access software provided by the digital camera to obtain the content, as well as access a digital videodisc player. Additionally, the importation of content may result in changing the content from its previously desired state. Thus, the user must progress through a multi-step process to even access the content, much less manipulate the content in a desired manner.
Further, previous interfaces do not provide access to the content in an intuitive manner, and may require the user to navigate through various screens to access desired manipulation tools, and the like. This is especially true in instances when a media type is imported into a program that was not designed to access the content.
Accordingly, the present invention is directed to an adjustable user interface. In a first aspect of the present invention, a method of configuring a user interface of an information handling system based on utilization of ports included with the information handling system includes monitoring a plurality of ports included on the information handling system. Utilization by a device of a port of the plurality of ports is monitored, the device communicatively coupled to at least one port of the plurality of ports. A user-interface operating on the information handling system is configured based on the determined utilization by the device of the port of the plurality of ports.
In a second aspect of the present invention, a method of configuring a user interface of an information handling system based on utilization of ports included with the information handling system includes monitoring a plurality of ports included on the information handling system. Utilization by a first device communicatively coupled to a first port and a second device communicatively coupled to a second port of the plurality of ports is determined. A display of a user-interface operating on the information handling system is configured based on the determined utilization of the first port and the second port of the plurality of ports. Configuring may include arranging the user-interface so that content corresponding to the first device and content corresponding to the second device is displayed based upon the ports utilized by the first device and the second device.
In a third aspect of the present invention, an information handling system includes a plurality of ports, a memory, a display device and a processor. The plurality of ports is suitable for communicatively coupling the information handling system to a device. The memory is suitable for storing a program of instructions, the display device is suitable for outputting a display of information and the processor is suitable for performing a program of instructions. The processor is communicatively coupled to the plurality of ports, the memory and the display device. The program of instruction configures the processor to monitor the plurality of ports so that utilization of the ports by devices is employed to cause the processor to configure a display of a user interface so that content corresponding to each of the devices is arranged based upon which of the ports is utilized by the devices.
It is to be understood that both the forgoing general description and the following detailed description are exemplary and explanatory only and are not restrictive of the invention as claimed. The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of the specification, illustrate an embodiment of the invention and together with the general description, serve to explain the principles of the invention.
The numerous advantages of the present invention may be better understood by those skilled in the art by reference to the accompanying figures in which:
Reference will now be made in detail to the presently preferred embodiments of the invention, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
Referring generally now to
Referring now to
A user may also access electronic devices to obtain additional functionality. For example, an information handling system 100 may access a digital video recorder 110 to obtain video and audio data and a network connection device 112 to obtain content, such as a router, modem, cable modem, wireless communication device, and the like, to access a network, such as a local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and the Internet. Additionally, a user may utilize a scanner 114 to obtain an image of a document, may print images utilizing a printer 116, and may access information from a personal digital assistant 118. Thus, a user may access functionality from a wide variety of devices.
To access this functionality, ports 120 are provided on the chassis 102 of the information handling system 100 to connect the information handling system 100 to the devices, such as USB, IEEE 1394, parallel, Fibre channel, and the like. Because of the desire by users to access a multiplicity of devices at a given time, a plurality of ports may be provided. In an embodiment of the present invention, the particular port to which a device is attached may be utilized to configure a user interface 122 based on the port usage. For instance, a relationship may be defined between ports, and that relationship utilized to configure a user interface displaying data from devices utilizing those ports in the stored relationship.
Referring now to
In this way, the user interface may be configured in a manner corresponding to port usage by a user, and thus may provide a more intuitive interface for interaction with the variety of connected devices. For instance, a user may connect devices to an information handling system in an arrangement that would indicate the importance of the devices to the user. A user may, for example, place devices in order of importance to the user when connecting the devices to ports that are numbered consecutively. Oftentimes, the user may not even be consciously aware of such an arrangement, but may do so instinctively when confronted with the port numbering. In this way, the user interface may be configured to place higher priority devices, and their corresponding content and information, in a more readily accessibly location on a display of information by a display device. A variety of other methods may also be employed for utilizing port placement as contemplated by a person of ordinary skill in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention.
Referring now to
For example, as shown in
Such configurations may be particularly useful in providing a default implementation of a user interface so as to supply an initial user interface configuration. Thus, a user may be provided with an initial display corresponding to device attachment to the information handling system, and may then allow the user to make changes to the configuration as desired.
In this way, a user interface may be configured based on devices connected to particular ports of an information handling system. For example, referring now to
Thus, pluralities of windows in a user interface are provided to enable a user to interact with content from a variety of sources. By utilizing the present invention, in an embodiment, the windows may be arranged based upon connected output devices, connected input devices and available programs, optimized based on the utilization of ports by devices, and the like as contemplated by a person of ordinary skill in the art.
Referring now to
If no other devices are added during operation 608, the information handling system operates in a normal manner 610. However, if a device is added 608, the information handling system determines which port of the plurality of port the device has been added 612. The user interface is then configured so that the display of content from the devices corresponds to the assigned priority 614. In an additional embodiment of the present invention, the information handling system may assign even greater priority to more recently added devices.
Referring now to
Positioning ports on the rear portion of the chassis may also be beneficial, as shown in
For example, referring now to
The user may then attach a digital camera to a front port of the information handling system 810. Because of the recent connection of the device, as well as the connection of the device to the front port of the information handling system, the information handling system may assign priority, may determine priority of the front by utilizing a port priority look-up table 812, and the like. Thus, by utilizing both the temporal and positional aspects of the user's connection of the device to the information handling system, the information handling system may give the front port the highest priority 812, and arrange the user interface to give the digital camera information higher priority than corresponding information from other attached devices 816.
Referring now to
The user interface may then be configured based on the relationships 860, such as by optimizing controls for output devices 862, arranging data on a display device based on determined relationships 864, arrange based on accessed application 866, most typically accessed applications, and the like, as well as other methods as contemplated by a person of ordinary skill in the art. Thus, the user may interact with a configured user interface in an optimized manner 868.
Referring now to
Additionally, generic groupings may be provided so that a user may choose a relationship between devices as configuring a user interface based on how the devices are connected. For instance, groupings 908 & 910 may be indicated by indications provided by an information handling system. Further, groupings may be determined dynamically by an information handling system, such as indicated by empty port spaces betweens groups of devices, detected based on an order of device connection to an information handling system, and the like without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention.
Referring now to
The system bus 1010 may include a data channel for facilitating information transfer between storage and other peripheral components of the information handling system 1000. The system bus 1010 further provides the set of signals required for communication with processing system 1002 including a data bus, address bus, and control bus. The system bus 1010 may comprise any state of the art bus architecture according to promulgated standards, for example industry standard architecture (ISA), extended industry standard architecture (EISA), Micro Channel Architecture (MCA), peripheral component interconnect (PCI) local bus, standards promulgated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) including IEEE 488 general-purpose interface bus (GPIB), IEEE 696/S-600, and so on. Furthermore, the system bus 10100 may be compliant with any promulgated industry standard. For example, the system bus 1010 may be designed in compliance with any of the following bus architectures: Industry Standard Architecture (ISA), Extended Industry Standard Architecture (EISA), Micro Channel Architecture, Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI), Universal Serial Bus (USB), Access bus, IEEE 1394, Apple Desktop Bus (ADB), Concentration Highway Interface (CHI), Fire Wire, Geo Port, or Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI), for example.
Additionally, the information handling system 1000 includes a memory 1004. In one embodiment, memory 1004 is provided on SIMMs (Single In-line Memory Modules), while in another embodiment, memory 1004 is provided on DIMMs (Dual In-line Memory Modules), each of which plugs into suitable sockets provided on a motherboard holding many of the other components shown in
The information handling system 1000 may further include a network connection device 1006. The network connection device 1006 communicates between the information handling system 1000 and a remote device, such as external devices, networks, information sources, or host systems that administer a plurality of information handling systems. For example, host systems such as a server or information handling system, may run software controlling the information handling system, serve as storage for an information handling system, or coordinate software running separately on each information handling system.
The network connection device 1006 may provide or receive analog, digital, or radio frequency data. The network connection device 1006 preferably implements industry promulgated architecture standards, including Recommended Standard 232 (RS-232) promulgated by the Electrical Industries Association, Infrared Data Association (IrDA) standards, Ethernet IEEE 802 standards (e.g., IEEE 802.3 for broadband and baseband networks, IEEE 802.3z for Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.4 for token passing bus networks, IEEE 802.5 for token ring networks, IEEE 802.6 for metropolitan area networks, 802.66 for wireless networks, and so on), Fibre Channel, digital subscriber line (DSL), asymmetric digital subscriber line (ASDL), frame relay, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), integrated digital services network (ISDN), personal communications services (PCS), transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP), serial line Internet protocol/point to point protocol (SLIP/PPP), Universal Serial Bus (USB), and so on. For example, the network connection device 1006 may comprise a network adapter, a serial port, parallel port, printer adapter, modem, universal asynchronous receiver-transmitter (UART) port, and the like, or use various wireless technologies or links such as an infrared port, radio-frequency (RF) communications adapter, infrared transducers, or RF modem.
The information handling system 1000 further includes a display system 1012 for connecting to a display device 1014. The display system 1012 may comprise a video display adapter having all of the components for driving the display device, including video random access memory (VRAM), buffer, and graphics engine as desired. The display device 1014 may comprise a liquid-crystal display (LCD), or may comprise alternative type of display technologies, such as a light-emitting diode (LED) display, gas or plasma display, or employ flat-screen technology.
An information handling system 1000 may further include an input/output (I/O) system 1016 for connecting to one or more I/O devices 1018, 1020, and up to N number of I/O devices 1022. Input/output system 1016 may comprise one or more controllers or adapters for providing interface functions between one or more of I/O devices 1018–1022. For example, input/output system 1016 may comprise a serial port, parallel port, network adapter, printer adapter, radio-frequency (RF) communications adapter, universal asynchronous receiver-transmitter (UART) port, and the like, for interfacing between corresponding I/O devices such as a mouse, joystick, trackball, trackpad, trackstick, infrared transducers, printer, modem, RF modem, bar code reader, charge-coupled device (CCD) reader, scanner, compact disc (CD), compact disc read-only memory (CD-ROM), digital versatile disc (DVD), video capture device, touch screen, stylus, electroacoustic transducer, microphone, speaker, and the like. It should be appreciated that modification or reconfiguration of the information handling system 1000 of
Although the invention has been described with a certain degree of particularity, it should be recognized that elements thereof may be altered by persons skilled in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. One of the embodiments of the invention can be implemented as sets of instructions resident in the memory 1004 of one or more information handling systems configured generally as described in
Additionally, the instructions may be transmitted over a network in the form of an applet that is interpreted or compiled after transmission to the computer system rather than prior to transmission. One skilled in the art would appreciate that the physical storage of the sets of instructions or applets physically changes the medium upon which it is stored electrically, magnetically, chemically, physically, optically or holographically so that the medium carries computer readable information.
In exemplary embodiments, the methods disclosed may be implemented as sets of instructions or software readable by a device. Further, it is understood that the specific order or hierarchy of steps in the methods disclosed are examples of exemplary approaches. Based upon design preferences, it is understood that the specific order or hierarchy of steps in the method can be rearranged while remaining within the scope of the present invention. The accompanying method claims present elements of the various steps in a sample order, and are not meant to be limited to the specific order or hierarchy presented.
It is believed that the adjustable user interface of the present invention and many of its attendant advantages will be understood by the forgoing description. It is also believed that it will be apparent that various changes may be made in the form, construction and arrangement of the components thereof without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention or without sacrificing all of its material advantages. The form herein before described being merely an explanatory embodiment thereof. It is the intention of the following claims to encompass and include such changes.
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|U.S. Classification||715/735, 715/966, 710/15, 710/18, 715/717, 715/771|
|International Classification||G06F3/033, G06F3/048, G06F3/14, G06F9/44, G06F13/00|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10S715/966, G06F3/0481, G06F3/0486|
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|14 Feb 2002||AS||Assignment|
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